Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KDDC 200856

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Dodge City KS
356 AM CDT Fri Apr 20 2018

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 333 AM CDT Fri Apr 20 2018

A strong upper level disturbance was approaching from the west.
This system will be coming out into the plains in two major
pieces. The first vorticity lobe will rotate across the high
plains today and then the next system is expected to move across
the southern plains on Saturday. Most of our rain will be with the
lead system, but south central Kansas will also see some rain
with the second system. Low level moisture inflow into this system
is marginal since low level trajectories are from the east and
southeast around cool high pressure system instead of out of the
Gulf. Lapse rates do not support much in the way of thunderstorm
activity; but a couple of rumbles can`t be ruled our along the
Oklahoma state line. Upped rain chances to 100% much of the area
for this afternoon and evening. Widespread rain amounts to a half
inch can be expected by Saturday, with locally higher amounts over
three quarters of an inch in west central and south central
Kansas. Highs today will be held down by clouds and afternoon rain
in far western Kansas. Highs in Dodge City will be in the early
afternoon before the rain starts. The warmest readings will be in
central and south central Kansas with highs in the lower 60s
there. Temperatures tonight will be held up by cloud cover with
mainly lower 40s for lows.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday through Thursday)
Issued at 333 AM CDT Fri Apr 20 2018

The aforementioned system will slowly move eastward away from
Kansas Sunday into early next week. Some lingering rain can be
expected Saturday, particularly in south central Kansas. Highs
will be cool Saturday in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Highs will
rebound into the 60s for Sunday and Monday. Lows should drop to
the mid 30s to near 40 degrees for Sunday and Monday mornings with
some clearing and light winds. A few places in far western Kansas
could fall to the freezing point. Another upper level sAnother
upper level system is expected to approach western Kansas in
northwest flow by Tuesday along with chances for rain showers
Monday night into Tuesday. ystem is
expected to approach western Kansas in northwest flow by Tuesday
along with chances for rain showers Monday night into Tuesday.
Upper level troughing will persist over the upper Midwest and
Great Lakes mid to late next week, which is a dry pattern for
western Kansas. Cool mornings and mild afternoons can be expected.
Some locations in western central Kansas could fall to near the
freezing point Thursday and Friday mornings.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday night)
Issued at 1258 AM CDT Fri Apr 20 2018

An upper level storm system will approach from the west through
the period, with rain spreading eastward through the TAF sites
between 19 and 23z and then persisting through the period. CIGS
will gradually lower from VFR to low MVFR between 18 and 06z
as the rain and low level upslope flow result in saturation
at lower levels.


DDC  60  42  52  36 / 100  80  60  20
GCK  57  41  50  35 / 100  80  60  20
EHA  48  40  51  36 / 100  80  50  10
LBL  58  41  51  37 / 100  80  60  20
HYS  61  42  51  35 /  60  80  60  30
P28  61  44  53  41 /  30  80  70  40




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